September 18th, 2009
11:41 AM ET
10 years ago

Texas Gov. Rick Perry pulled out of conservative straw poll

Gov. Rick Perry is currently battling Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for the GOP nomination.

Gov. Rick Perry is currently battling Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for the GOP nomination.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry was originally included on 2012 Presidential Straw Poll ballot at this weekend's Values Voter Summit in Washington, but his staff requested that his name be removed.

A spokesman for Perry's re-election campaign told CNN that the request was made because the two-term governor is not thinking about running for President, but is instead "focused on running for governor." Perry is currently battling Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for the GOP nomination.

The governor, however, is still attending the conference and is slated to speak on Saturday.

The potential Republican candidates on the straw poll ballot are: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Four of the Republicans on the ballot will actually attend the event.Pence, Huckabee and Pawlenty will address the conference on Friday morning, while Romney will deliver remarks on Saturday.


Filed under: Republicans • Rick Perry
soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. Jethro

    Out of that bunch, Pawlenty and Romney are the only two with even a slight chance of winning the election.

    September 18, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. victim of republican greed

    That is too bad. Certainly anyone who promotes seceding from the US would be a top candidate from the party of wingnuts.

    September 18, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. felicia

    Please none of the names they just named, stand a snowball chance in he!! to win against President Obama.

    September 18, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, North Carolina

    Given a year in which basically everything Ron Paul predicted either happened or is showing signs of being about to happen, it will be interesting to see how he fares in in the poll.

    September 18, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Terry from Texas

    Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is running against Perry for the governor's seat. I hope she wins. We'll have a better governor and hopefully a better Senator as a result. The good citizens of my native state have a strong preference for not-too-bright leadership.

    September 18, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Where is Steel name or why isn't it in The potential Republican candidates on the straw poll ballot are: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

    September 18, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    straw poll? should be re-named BOOB POLL

    September 18, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. No Goodhair 2010

    Perry was afraid he would get 0 votes. What a wimp. Perry is a career politician seeking vanity and self-glorification. He needs to retire and get a regular job like everyone else.

    September 18, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. Slappy White

    Republicans are looking to that snarky Rick Santorum to get them back in the White House?

    He lost his Senae seat by 20 points in 2006.

    They must be worse off than anybody thought.

    No wonder they're running around, screaming all this radical nonsense...

    September 18, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Perry is a total dud and will loose to Hutchison.

    September 18, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Connie, Indiana

    My god is this the worst of the worse..Hypcrites all of them..Pence in my opinion is a pure and simple idiot, some of the crap that comes out of his mouth is unbelieveable, unless that is what you believe. This list is good fodder for SNL.

    September 18, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. patriot

    No Palin? Too busy with Facebook and Twitter, I suppose.

    September 18, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Polar Bears Against Palin

    What a blister on the state of Texas. Well, they deserve this right-wing nut. They keep voting for hime.

    September 18, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Talk about the usual low-life, no-morals, can't-speakie-d-English suspects. More a like car full of clowns. They could'nt spell leadership between the lot of them, much less execute it.

    September 18, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Republicans crack me up. LOL.

    September 18, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. SMP

    For which country would he be running for President, the United States of America, or the new country he wants to form when Texas secedes from the rest of the union?

    I didn't vote for him for Governor, and I certainly won't be again. I wouldn't vote for him for dog catcher. Even though I know a Democrat has little chance of winning any high political position in Texas, at least I have the satisfaction of knowing this idiot never got my vote.

    September 18, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Ron

    Joe Wilson is missing from this list. Palin-Wilson 2012. Would'nt that plain talking duo scare the crap out of people!

    September 18, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. W Spivey

    He gone be the new czar for the Mexican Government

    September 18, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. JEAN - ATL

    Wackos all!

    September 18, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Reformed Republican

    Atta boy Rick...The world thinks your a right-wing nut job already so there is no sense giving them any more ammo by going to a "Values Voters" conference made up flat-earther, white evangelical crazies.

    Besides, there will be plenty of jeezuz freaks from below the Mason-Dixon line there already, one more like you will just get lost among all the bible thumpin' vigilante groups anyway...

    September 18, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Mary Lou Hamm

    we want Kay Kay Kay

    not Rick Parry, she will take it from him this March 2010

    September 18, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. Jefe

    Conservative?? But everyone mentioned in the article was a big-spending, foreign-interventionist, privacy-rights bashing, free-choice despising, extremist left-wing so-called Neocon. Very few Republicans are Conservatives.

    September 18, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Jackie in Dallas

    We don't want him as Governor, either! I intend to work very hard that "foot-in-mouth" Perry does NOT get another term!

    September 18, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry was originally included on 2012 Presidential Straw Poll ballot at this weekend's Values Voter Summit in Washington, but his staff requested that his name be removed.

    SMART MOVE. He know he don't have a chance with his seccsion statement.

    September 18, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Steve in CT

    A very impressive lineup. I hope it's kept clean fron the start. the administration taking over in 2012 will need to be a well oiled machine, a team ready before the election and already working stratigy, not for the race but for the damage control needed to save what's left of the USA. Without that our best chance will be that the doomsday profits are right about 12/21/12. God help us all.

    September 18, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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